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Gastroenterology

Everyone has digestive problems from time to time: an upset stomach, gas, heartburn, constipation or diarrhea. Many problems may be uncomfortable or embarrassing, but they are not serious and don’t last long. Others can be controlled with simple changes in your diet. But sometimes even common symptoms can be signs of a more serious problem.

Preventative care

Colon cancer is silent and often has no symptoms, but if it’s caught early through regular screening, patients have a very high rate of survival. Men and women 45 years or older should get a regular screening. If your family has a history of colorectal cancer, you should consider screening earlier. Talk with your doctor to discuss your personal risk.

There are three types of screening tests that may be right for you.

Colonoscopy is considered the gold standard for finding and removing colon polyps and preventing colorectal cancer. In this small procedure, a doctor uses a small, pliable scope to look inside your rectum and colon for possible ulcers, polyps, and cancer. It’s possible to remove any abnormal polyps, if found, before becoming cancerous.

Cologuard is an at-home test kit that is mailed to you. For high risk patients, this is not a substitute for colonoscopy, but may be preferred to others because it is non-invasive. This test works by detecting certain DNA markers and blood in the stool.

Similar to Cologuard, FOBT is an at-home test kit. It is given to you by your health care provider and looks for blood in your stool. This may involve taking multiple samples from your bowel movements and requires a diet modification prior to taking the test.

Gastroenterology Providers

Gastroenterology
Services & Treatment

  • Breathe test (for bacterial overgrowth and lactose intolerance)
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP)
  • Esophageal manometry with pH
  • Video capsule endoscopy

Gastroenterology Conditions

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anal/rectal incontinence
  • Anemia (iron deficiency)
  • Bile duct obstruction
  • Cancers of the digestive system
  • Celiac disease
  • Colon obstruction
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Esophageal obstruction
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Swallowing problems
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Ulcers
  • Unexplained weight loss

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